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Crime Scene: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

D.C. jail guard charged with smuggling

A Greenbelt man working as a D.C. corrections officer has admitted smuggling marijuana, cell phones and cigarettes to prisoners in recent months, authorities said Friday. Ryan E. Motley, 23, described by the Corrections Department as "a former employee," was...

By Paul Duggan  | December 3, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. Jail, Paul Duggan, Prison Beat, The District  
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Thieves target Anne Arundel food bank

Thieves broke into the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank Thursday night or early Friday, smashing windows and stealing computers and printers, workers said. Executive Director Bruce Michalec said he arrived at the bank, on Generals Highway in Crownsville,...

By Maria Glod  | December 3, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fairfax gold burglar gets 3 years

A New York City woman who admitted being part of a ring that burglarized dozens of homes in Northern Virginia, specifically seeking gold and ignoring other valuables, was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison. Melinda M. Soto, 34, and her husband, Dagoberto Soto Ramirez, pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria to regularly traveling from New York to Fairfax and Loudoun counties, targeting homeowners with South Asian-sounding names. They admitted to burglarizing 37 homes and stealing nearly $600,000 worth of gold heirlooms between January and November of last year, when they were arrested along with a third alleged co-conspirator, Francisco Gray.

By Tom Jackman  | December 3, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Loudoun, Tom Jackman, Updates, Virginia  
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Woman admits credit card scam

A 27-year-old District woman admitted Friday in federal court that she participated in a scheme to pay bills and buy items using stolen credit card and bank account information. Dawn Marshall pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, according to...

By Maria Glod  | December 3, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Feds interview cops about beating

Update, 10:28 p.m.: Maj. Andrew Ellis, the public affairs commander for the Prince George's County police department, said agents plan to talk to up to 40 officers Thursday night and Friday morning about the beating in March of a...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 2, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hylton supporters take aim at Baker

Dozens of Prince George's County civic associations and community activists who rallied last month in support of police chief Roberto Hylton sharpened their rhetoric against the incoming county executive Thursday, saying they were "outraged" by the process by which Rushern...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 2, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Bond revoked for teen murder suspect

A 15-year-old Fairfax County boy was certified Wednesday to stand trial as an adult for murder in the October stabbing of another teen in the Rose Hill area of eastern Fairfax. Wyatt Campbell, 18, was stabbed 12 times in an alley behind the Rose Hill Shopping Center on Oct. 14, prosecutors said in a juvenile court hearing Wednesday. Campbell's friend, Randolph Taylor, 21, of Fredericksburg, testified that two teens he had not seen before had attacked him and Campbell at a nearby 7-Eleven store, and a few minutes later the two pairs fought in the alley behind the store.

By Tom Jackman  | December 2, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Juvenile Justice, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Pr. George's officer pleads not guilty

A Prince George's County police officer charged in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court. Sinisa Simic, 25, who joined the force in 2007, allegedly transported cocaine from Virginia into Maryland. Prosecutors have said in court...

By Maria Glod  | December 2, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Internal Affairs, Maria Glod, Maryland, Narcotics, Pr. George's  
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NRCC official sentenced in theft

A federal judge Thursday sentenced Christopher J. Ward to 37 months in prison for stealing more than $844,000 from the National Republican Congressional Committee and other political fundraising committees for whom he worked as treasurer. "I am truly sorry for...

By Spencer S. Hsu  | December 2, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Loudoun newspaper owner arrested

The owner and editor of a Loudoun County newspaper was arrested Tuesday and charged with 15 counts of felony embezzlement, according to police. Middleburg police said that Deanne D. "Dee Dee" Hubbard, 67, of Middleburg, who founded the Middleburg Eccentric...

By Caitlin Gibson  | December 2, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Lawsuit over Arlington dog mural

A Shirlington dog groomer filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) Thursday accusing the Arlington County zoning board of violating her freedom of speech by ordering her to alter whimsical cartoon mural of dogs, bones and paw prints on the back wall...

By Spencer S. Hsu  | December 2, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Va. 'room salon' operators plead guilty

Three operators of a "room salon" in Falls Church pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens after allegedly flying in young Korean women to dress provocatively, serve drinks, flirt, sing, and dance with customers, according to Virginia U.S. Attorney Neil H....

By Allison Klein  | December 2, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Homicide in Calvert County

Three hunters in Calvert County called police Tuesday when they discovered a woman inside a parked Ford Focus at a state park and thought something looked amiss. Police responded to Calvert Cliffs State Park, at the intersection of Camp Canoy...

By Allison Klein  | December 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Stolen pit bull is returned to shelter

Update, 11:28 p.m.: A pit bull puppy who was stolen from his cage at the Washington Humane Society this week, was returned to the Northeast Washington shelter on Wednesday, D.C. police and WHS officials said. Ivan, a 4-month-old pit bull,...

By Alison Klein and Clarence Williams  | December 1, 2010; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Norfolk lawyer nominated as fed judge

President Obama on Wednesday nominated the top federal public defender in Norfolk to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. If confirmed by the Senate, Arenda L. Wright Allen would become the first female African-American...

By Spemcer S. Hsu  | December 1, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, Virginia  
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DC9 nightclub allowed to reopen

A District licensing board voted Wednesday to allow the reopening of DC9, the nightclub ordered closed by police after a man died in a controversial incident involving four employees and a co-owner of the bar. The popular club, in...

By Paul Duggan  | December 1, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Not guilty plea in Pr. George's probe

A 39-year-old Bowie man charged in a scheme to distribute black-market alcohol and cigarettes pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Maryland. Amir Miljkovic, who owns an auto glass store in College Park, is among seven people, including two...

By Maria Glod  | December 1, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ivey: Hylton will be replaced

Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton might soon be looking for a new job - though no one has told him that yet. That's in part what outgoing Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Wednesday...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 1, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney to retire

Arlington County Commonwealth's Attorney Richard E. Trodden does not plan to seek a fifth term next year as the county's top prosecutor, he announced Wednesday. He has endorsed Chief Deputy Theo Stamos to succeed him. Trodden has been commonwealth's attorney...

By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man convicted of selling pain pills

A District man was convicted Tuesday in Virginia federal court for using fraudulent prescriptions to get Oxycontin pills, then selling them at a large profit to drug dealers. Arthur Bernard Taper, 46, was caught in part of a wide-ranging law...

By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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$30K reward in 7-Eleven clerk murder

7-Eleven Inc. is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men who killed a Glen Burnie store clerk in August, Anne Arundel police said. Youssef Attia, 48, was killed by three men who...

By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Conviction in killing of unarmed man

Curtis Bunn, 24, was out looking to buy marijuana in January 2009 when he found a house in Southeast Washington where he thought he could score some. When he tried to push his way into the home in the 3500...

By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Child pedestrian struck in Northwest

A child pedestrian was hit by a car at 14th and Upshur streets NW Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from the D.C. fire department. Emergency responders transported the girl, who is between 10 and 12 years old, to a...

By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man charged with shooting Balt. cop

A 30-year-old man has been charged in a warrant with attempted murder in the shooting of a Baltimore police officer on a busy downtown street. Franklin Gross is under police guard at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He'll...

By The Associated Press  | December 1, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fake robbery charges at Md. toy store

Police in Baltimore County have arrested a Toys 'R' Us store manager and her boyfriend and charged them with theft after they allegedly created a fake robbery. Police say they arrested Tamara Mickey, 34, and Matthew Domonick Wells, 31, both...

By The Baltimore Sun  | December 1, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Empanada toss ends would-be robbery: Report

A would-be New Mexico store robber was foiled by a clerk who threw a package of empanadas at him, according to this report: Arnold Orquiz of Amigo's says it was a package of empanadas that saved the day, along with...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 1, 2010; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Teen fatally shot in NW D.C.

Update, 9:54 p.m.: A 16-year-old was fatally shot in the head Tuesday afternoon on a street corner in the Petworth area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. Police responded for the sounds of gunshots at 8th Street and Delafield Place...

By Clarence Williams  | November 30, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Officer suspended for explicit texts

A Prince George's County police officer was suspended Tuesday night after he was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a 19-year-old woman whose identity-theft complaint he was investigating, authorities said. The officer went to the woman's Suitland home on...

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 30, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Police identify slain man

Police have identified the man shot and killed in Capitol Heights Sunday as 20 year-old Keith Andrew Perry Jr., of Upper Marlboro. Perry was shot just before 5:30 p.m. in the in the 5000 block of Marlboro Pike, police said....

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 30, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3rd suspect pleads in Betts slaying

The third of four suspects originally charged in the slaying of Principal Brian K. Betts pleaded guilty Tuesday.

By Dan Morse  | November 30, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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$1M bond for suspect in prof's death

An 18-year-old potential suspect in the slaying of an American University professor was ordered held on $1 million bond in Montgomery County Tuesday. Deandrew Hamlin, who was extradited from the District to Montgomery Monday, continues to be investigated in connection...

By Dan Morse  | November 30, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police ID girl found in D.C. dumpster

D.C. Police identified the person whose body was found in a trash receptacle in Northwest Washington on Monday as an 17-year-old Prince George's County girl. The teen, who had been stabbed repeatedly, was identified Tuesday as Ebony Franklin, of the...

By Paul Duggan  | November 30, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Mortgage loan scheme charges for Va. man

A Prince George's County grand jury has charged a Virginia Beach man with swindling 10 people out of about $40,000 in a loan modification scheme. Howard Shmuckler, 67, is charged with 10 counts of theft over $500, conspiracy to commit...

By Ruben Castaneda  | November 30, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. man guilty of deadly baby beating

A D.C. Superior Court jury found Jonathan M. Austin guilty of first-degree felony murder and first-degree child cruelty Monday in the 2008 beating death of a 21-month-old. Prosecutors said Austin, 35, was babysitting Ronjai Butler and Butler's 3½-year-old sister on...

By Keith L. Alexander  | November 30, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man killed in Pr. George's crash

A man was killed early Tuesday morning after he crashed his vehicle into a mailbox and a tree in the Lake Arbor area, authorities said. The man, who police identified as Dennis L. Brummell, 61, was traveling west in the...

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 30, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Grandma charged in girl's fatal fall

A grandmother was charged with murder Tuesday after she allegedly threw her 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter off a fifth-floor walkway at the busy Tysons Corner Center on Monday night, police said Tuesday. Angelyn Ogdoc of the 1800 block of Griffith Road...

By Debbi Wilgoren and Allison Klein  | November 30, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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15 months for $1M theft from Archives

A former National Archives employee was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal nearly $1 million from the archives, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland. James Clay Whitson, 45, of Nottingham,...

By Maria Glod  | November 30, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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18 years for terrorizing teen campers

Prosecutors say a man who terrorized four teenage campers in the spring has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. George Carroll was sentenced on Monday in Frederick County Circuit Court....

By The Associated Press  | November 30, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Arrest in death of Md. infant

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says a man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his infant daughter. Twenty-five-year-old Jason Zirinsky of Brunswick was arrested Monday in the death of his 2-month-old...

By The Frederick (Md.) News-Post  | November 30, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. man in AU prof. case extradited

Montgomery County Police say a man investigated for his possible role in the slaying of an American University professor at her Bethesda home has been extradited to Maryland. Eighteen-year-old Deandrew Hamlin was returned to Maryland from Washington Monday evening....

By The Associated Press  | November 30, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3 in shop stop robbery attempt: Police

Annapolis police say two employees and a customer helped detain a robbery suspect in a convenience store. It happened early Saturday at the Pantry 1 store on Spa Road. Police say a woman walked in and handed an employee at...

By The Capital of Annapolis  | November 30, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Report: Stolen car runs out of gas in N.Y.

A New York man broke into a Nissan dealership and stole a car off the showroom floor -- but was caught when it ran out of gas, according to this report: Albany Police Department spokesperson Phyllis Banks said investigators believe...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 30, 2010; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Domain names snared in knockoff bust

Forget warm woolen mittens. When federal agents go online to bust counterfeit goods, a few of their favorite things are sports jerseys, DVDs, handbags, golf clubs and poseur UGG boots. Bright copper kettles? No. But full seasons of Curb Your...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | November 29, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police investigating Landover homicide

Prince George's County police said they are investigating the homicide of a man found dead inside a parked truck in Landover on Sunday afternoon. The window of the truck was busted, and the driver was found slumped over at 12:30...

By Ian Shapira  | November 29, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Armed robbery at Sterling store

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Spice Bazaar convenience store on Cascades Parkway in Sterling on Sunday, authorities said. Two employees were inside the store around 6:30 p.m. when two men wearing white hooded...

By Caitlin Gibson  | November 29, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. town remembers 1910 killing

Carroll County, Va., residents are preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a courthouse shooting that killed five people, including three county officials. "The Carroll County Courthouse Tragedy" dominated national news in 1912 until it was bumped from the front...

By The Associated Press  | November 29, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman killed, two hurt in Suitland crash

A feud inside a moving car sparked a crash early Monday morning in the Suitland area of Prince George's County that killed one woman and sent two others to the hospital, police said. The car, a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am,...

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 29, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Del. police seek Md. man

Authorities in Delaware nearly apprehended an 18-year-old man believed to have fired shots at a Maryland state trooper, but he was able to run away. Authorities had been looking for Wyatt A. Young of Hebron, Md., who allegedly fired at...

By the Associated Press  | November 29, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charges after shots outside Md. bar

A Baltimore County man has been charged with shooting three people outside an Anne Arundel County bar. Police say 23-year-old James Edward Jones of Halethorpe was detained shortly after the shooting on Saturday....

By The Capital of Annapolis  | November 29, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Police called after man traps self in basement

Police in Germany were called when residents heard the sound of drilling coming from inside their home. Turns out a neighbor had bricked himself into his basement by accident, according to this report: Our self-imprisoning friend freed himself by knocking...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 29, 2010; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man stabbed at Petworth Metro station

A man was stabbed in the neck Sunday at the Petworth Metro station on Georgia Avenue NW, authorities said. The man apparently had just passed through the fare gates about 4:15 p.m. as he was on his way out of...

By Ian Shapira and Martin Weil  | November 29, 2010; 1:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Body found near Laurel Park

Police say a man's body was found in the woods across from the entrance to the Laurel Park racetrack. Anne Arundel County police Lt. Michael Brothers says a person in the woods came across the body around 10:30 Sunday morning...

By The Associated Press  | November 28, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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